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good monday morning. coming up on "early today," western wildfires are threatening numerous communities in a number of states as red flag conditions persist. president obama back to washington. the agend ahandling the crisis in egypt and if the u.s. will continue its financial military relationship. premeditated murder. did the bladerunner plan to kill his girlfriend riva steencamp. plus reggie wayne light ups the preseason. are lilo's six trips to rehab enough for a turnaround. and the most expensive car ever sold at auction. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, august 19th. good morning. i'm richard lui. today could be a difficult day
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for fire crews in the west. the beaver creek fire has scorched nearly 160 square miles. it's located about two hours east of boise. officials ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 homes but have some optimism at the moment as more crews arrive to fight the flames. >> it's emotional to see our landscape changing and to know that people that we love could possibly be in danger. >> we need an army out there and we've got it. hundreds of firefighters. i know they are doing all that they can. >> some 90 fire engines are on the ground working to protect homes and businesses. the fire started almost two weeks ago. it's only 9% contained. more bloodshed in egypt. islamist militants killed 23 policemen in an attack this morning and 23 pro-haumd morsi prisoners were also killed during a prison transfer on sunday. the obama administration is taking preliminary steps to withhold economic aid there to
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egypt. something many lawmakers are calling for. >> with the recent violent crackdown, i do not see how we can continue aid. i believe it must be suspended. >> the acts over the last few days are completely unconscionable and i do believe we have to change our aid. >> we should maintain our relationship with the military. i'd be reluctant to cut off aid. obviously we should use it as a bargaining wedge. >> ayman is live in cairo. what do egyptians think about a possible cut to foreign aid? >> good morning. the topic of u.s. aid to egypt is certainly a sensitive one here. in recent days the egyptian foreign minister said the government would review the benefits of u.s. aid. some have been very critical of how the u.s. has been dangling the subject of cutting off aid as a way to shape the government's behavior. there are other alternatives for the government. since president morsi was removed from power on july 3rd, some of the gulf countries, the wealthy oil-rich gulf countries
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have pledged $12 billion to prop up this government. so there are other avenues for the egyptian government. but the more important pressing issue has to do with the egyptian military which is equipped and essentially trained by the american military. and that is something that would be very difficult for the egyptian government to give up. the question that egypt has sustained throughout this entire crisis is that it is acting in its own self-interest. that it will not be dictated to by any foreign country. it will not be dictated to by foreign powers. for the time being it actually has been able to push back on some of the u.s.' requests, some of the u.s.' demands for the situation here. at least how to deal with the situation here. and that's probably giving a cause of concern to a lot of u.s. officials as to whether or not the united states is losing its leverage and influence over the strong ally. richard? >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin.
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egyptian foreign policy isn't the only item on the president's list. he has a lot to tackle domestically. melissa joins us from washington. >> reporter: the president has two major assignments today. like most of the kids going back to school across the country, first, as we've been talking about this morning, what to do about u.s. aid to egypt and, of course, more about the revelation of additional abuses with the nsa. some lawmakers are hoping the president will cut aid down the line. others hoping we can hold off. the president, of course, took a break from his vacation to condemn the violence and canceled a planned joint military exercise but did stop short of suspending any aid. another big topic, that nsa surveillance program, many critical of its legitimacy after an audit showed they broke privacy rules thousands of times per year. we know some hearings on the nsa plan for additional checks and balances expected to be initiated by vermont senator patrick leahy some time later this fall. richard?
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>> thank you so much. the first settlement is reached in the penn state jerry sandusky child molestation scandal. the school signed an agreement with a 25-year-old suburban philadelphia man known as victim five. the attorneys expect to finalize settlements in 25 of the 31 cases in the coming weeks. penn state authorized some $60 million for the settlements. a jury convicted san dus key last year of 45 counts of sex abuse. he is serving a 30 to 60-year sentence behind bars. he is appealing that. a city in japan has some cleaning up to do after a volcano roared to life on sunday. the volcano shot a plume of ash 16,000 feet into the air and on to a nearby city. no one was injured but people did resort to face masks and umbrellas to combat the falling ash. nbc meteorologist bill karins joins us right now. you don't want to be in that situation. tough to breathe as well. >> i would like to -- i've never seen a volcano explode. i'd love to see one, be near it
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but not in it. >> not be in it or have to breathe it. we'll not have that in the states though. not soon. >> don't want to predict that. no more mt. st. helens. >> as far as the weather, hot and windy in much of the west. you saw what happened in idaho. the beaver creek fire. we told you some of the stats. over 1,000 firefighters on the ground. 10,000 helicopters over like 100 engines on the ground. it continues to be boiling. 95 today for the forecast for the fire lines today. and the 8% containment help hopefully get the number up a little bit. the weather will not cooperate. hot in boise yesterday, 97. relatively cool in l.a. 72. san francisco, 78. getting warmer than you've been. not bad also in many areas of the pacific northwest. this is the upcoming weather pattern for much of this week. dominant hot weather continues from arizona northwards into nevada. all interior sections of the west will be very warm. the jet stream does dip down and keep you cooler there in northern sections of washington state. but that's about it. so as far as what we did
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yesterday, i should have mentioned, near record heat in phoenix each and every day, too. 111 yesterday. right now 91 to start your morning. can you imagine that? clear skies and 91. that's your overnight low. so the hot weather continues there. today 110 in phoenix. that's a look at your natio pro additional fires with those strikes. unless we get soaking rain, you can't win. either it's dry more or we get these thunderstorms that produce more fires. >> 91 is your overnight low. how about snat bill karins, thank you. coming up, we'll go to south africa where oscar pistorius was in court as the date was set for his murder trial. plus scotland yard looking at new information surrounding the death of princess diana. you are watching "early today."
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a premeditated murder indictment handed down just hours ago for blade runner olympian oscar pistorius. prosecutors saying he shot his model girlfriend riva steencamp with the intention to kill. pistorius says he shot her by mistake thinking she was an intruder. ron allen is outside the pretoria, south africa, courtroom for us live. what are some of the details around this indictment? >> reporter: good morning, richard. this was the formal indictment. it was a brief session. this murder happened on valentine's day. today was riva steencamp's 30th birthday. a very down day. a very difficult day for her family and friends watching all this. basically today the prosecution said that oscar pistorius intentionally shot and killed his girlfriend that night. previous court documents, pistorius admitted he shot and killed her but he said he thought there was a burglar, an intruder in his home that night. when he shot through a locked
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door, a bathroom door, he didn't know who was in there. the prosecution said that's not what happened. it wasn't a mistake. it was a case of murder. the case moves to the high court. the trial date set for march 3rd next year. this is really not a big surprise. the prosecution has been consistent throughout saying they thought this was a case of intentional murder. pistorius said this was a mistake, an accident. if convicted he faces 25 years minimum to life in prison. a stunning case here. a huge development. a huge story in this part of the world and across the world because pistorius was such a big store in the recently completed london 2012 olympic games. once there is a trial, premeditated murder the charge. >> ron allen live in south africa, thank you. now to other stories in the news. british police are looking into new information regarding the 1997 deaths of princess diana and companion dodi al fayed. scotland yard said this is not a reinvestigation and are
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assessing the, quote, relevance and credibility of the new information. illinois governor pat quinn signed a gun control bill into law sunday. it expands background checks to sales between private parties. new york police commissioner ray kelly was on "meet the press" sunday to talk about the controversial stop and frisk policy. host david gregory asked him simply, will people die without stop and frisk? >> i think, no question about it, violent crime will go up. this is not a program. this is something that's integral to policing. this happens throughout america. and any police jurisdiction. you have to do it. officers have to have the right of inquiry if they see some suspicious behavior. >> sybrina fulton, the mother of trayvon martin also appeared on "meet the press" and was critical of stop and frisk. >> you can't give people the authority, whether civilian or police officer, the right to
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just stop somebody because of the color of their skin. >> the partner of journalist glen greenwald who interviewed nsa whistleblower edward snowden was detained by u.s. authorities or rather uk authorities on sunday. david miranda was returning from berlin. he was stopped at heathrow airport and held for nine hours under the uk's terrorism act. authorities confiscated his cell phone, laptop and other electronic items. scientists are hoping the demolition of a building near the hayward fault line will provide them with new information on earthquakes. hundreds of seismographs were placed on the ground to record data from what experts are calling a man-made earthquake. in now to business for you. the most expensive road car ever was sold at auction. this one right here, the rare 1967 ferrari. 275 spider. it's just one of only ten ever built. sold at auction for $27.5 million. by the way, steve mcqueen drove it in "the thomas crown affair."
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even facebook's mark zuckerberg is vulnerable. a palestinian hacker broke through facebook's security a number of times. it finally was noticed when he wrote this on zuckerberg's wall. quote, first sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your wall. i have no other choice to make after all the reports i sent to facebook team, end quote. aaa says the national average for a gallon of gas dropped 4 cents to $3.54 a gallon. and here's one way to cut the cost of college. ball state freshman marcus berg hit that. he gets an entire semester free tuition thanks to this single half court shot as well as being known as the half court shot by guy on campus. your sports highlights and low blows as "early today" continues.
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now we've got sports for you. nothing like football on a sunday night. except if you are the giants. having to face a reggie wayne circus catch or two. this one, andrew luck. he throws to reggie wayne. almost intercepted. loose ball. catches it in the end for the touchdown. colts don't look back after the half. 20-12, they get that win. they love to hate a-rod. boston jeering him and then cheering as ryan dempster, yeah, hits a-rod right in the ribs.
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the ump warns dempster. the yanks manager joe girardi fumes and wants him ejected. nope, girardi gets the boot inste instead. the tigers win 3 out of 5 from kansas city with their 6-3 win, matt scherzer now the first 18-game winner and miguel cabrera gets his 40th home run. serena williams in a rare loss. victoria as ranka rallying to win a three-set squeaker. williams beat by the neat the western and southern open final. raphael nadal not phased by the weather or the 138-mile-per-hour serves. he overcame a knee injury earlier. patrick reed gets his first ever pga tour victory. he sinks this birdie to win. what does he do? besides pumping his fist he goes over and, why not, kissed the caddie. oh, by the way, also was his wife. nascar sprint cup michigan
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400. joey logano led the most laps. but not at the end. he passes mark martin who is trying to stretch gas without a pit stop. doesn't work out for him. logano gets the "w." he ends a 44-race winless streak. anything that floats regatta in key largo is fun. boats must be made only of household items. we're talking about bubble wrap, plastic coffee jugs and more, 2 by 10s. the winners said they found their help for their design online. there's the winner right there. just ahead, katie couric gives kim kardashian a baby gift and gets a nasty message in return. plus, when one of the dynastieeae chief ducks crashes a party, the fun really starts.
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for much of the summer, we talked about how warm and beautiful it was in alaska. especially central alaska. today it looks like not the case. temperatures have come down in the 60s in fairbanks. 61 in anchorage and a chance of rain out there today. no such luck in areas of the west where once again it's going to be very hot. could be a few monsoonal afternoon storms. they don't have a lot of rain with this. maybe strikes of lightning out there with that, too. salt lake city to vegas. phoenix, 110. so you continue your very hot streak and excessive heat warnings in effect because at night the temperature hasn't really come down that much. even as we look at tomorrow, the same story out there. as far as the forecast goes. so not breaking too many records
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out west. just not getting a lot of relief. >> if you are in phoenix or las vegas you probably want to stay ooin doors to do some stuff like see movies. entertainment news. lee daniels "the butler" served up history for the top spot at the weekend box office. $25 million. the drama was followed by "we're the millers" and "elysium." olivia munn should clearly stick to acting. look at this video here. the newsroom actress was swinging inside her house and took quite the spill as you heard when her swing broke. she ended up dislocating her shoulder in the act. we don't want to see that anymore. grace kelly will be returning to her hometown of philadelphia in an exhibit titled "from philadelphia to monaco." grace kelly beyond the icon. the exhibit opens in october. duck dynasty star willie robinson made a cameo or a camo appearance at a couple's camouflaged themed wedding in pittsburgh. he reportedly told the couple to always love and forgive one
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another. and to wear camouflage. lindsay lohan and oprah sat down in a one-hour interview last night. >> looked good. >> are you an addict? >> yeah. >> and what is it you are addicted to? what is your drug of choice or drugs of choice? >> alcohol. >> alcohol? >> yeah. >> and kim kardashian showed on instagram this weekend that gifts are not the solution to all your problems. she photographed a baby gift from katie couric. she responded to it in hash tag saying, i hate fake media friends. >> that's uncalled for. >> must be some kind of history there. >> yeah, katie couric, according to what was said, made a statement about why they are famous in another interview. so she was responding to that. i'm richard lui. this is "early today." we hope it's just your first stop of the day on nbc.
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leading the news in "the new york times" -- firefighters survivor benefits value some lives over others. in one of the deadliest years for firefighters, thein equalities between men fighting side by side over benefits is coming to a head. in the daily mail, gun enthusiast finds nearly 300 pounds of pot stashed inside new safe he bought to store rifles. when the ohio man here got this safe, it had almost $500,000 worth of weed inside. how big of a safe was this? the dea and authorities are investigating. topping our news, more bloodshed as pro-mohamed morsi prisoners are killed during a prison transfer sunday. nearly 900 people have been killed since clashes last week. in "the new york times" reports the obama administration is taking preliminary steps to
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withhold more than $1 billion in annual aid to egypt. something many u.s. lawmakers have called for. the first settlement is reached in the jerry sandusky molestation scandal. the school signed the agreement friday with a 25-year-old man known as victim five. penn state has authorized some $60 million for those settlements. british police are assessing the, quote, relevance and credibility of new information surrounding the 1997 deaths of princess diana and companion dodi al fayed. the night of the living dead has begun in canada. they are gathering to take part in a zombie walk. for some, the costumes might have been a little too real. authorities received a number of calls with concerns over the zombies replica weapons. some pretty good costumes there, though. what do you think? >> it's okay. that was all right. we do it a little better down here in the states. >> yeah, we do. >> night of the living dead.
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know what year that was? 1968. time for a look ahead. the sentencing phase begins today for staff sergeant robert bales. he pleaded guilty to killing 16 african civ african -- afghan civilians. in july, detroit became the largest u.s. city to go broke. it owes creditors $18 billion. and happy birthday to full house actor john stamos, 50. tipper gore, now separated from al gore, turns 65. bill clinton is 67. they share birthdays there. here's what's coming up later on "today" show. matt lawyer talks to the defense attorney for alex rodriguez. and lindsay lohan talks to oprah winfrey about addiction, jail time and her plans for the future. keep it here for more news, weather and sports. i'm richard lui along with bill
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karins.
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. breaking news, a police standoff in san francisco. christie smith is on the scene. she'll have a live update coming up. she didn't hear a car putting on its brakes or nothing. the search for a driver who hit and killed a man on a south bay street. now investigators are hoping that you can help. plus, in court overnight, olympic sprinter oscar pistorius faces the judge. the beautiful full moon in san jose. along with that, students all over the south bay getting ready to roll back to school for their first day of classes on this monday, august 19. this is "today in the bay."

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